Welcome

Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. Though the society was dormant for several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in 1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.

Upcoming

Services are currently being held inside the church with masks and social distancing or outside weather permitting.

Sunday July 19 at 10 a.m.

Flower Service

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Sunday August 2 at 10 a.m.

Chris Helali will lead a discussion entitled “Resisting Empire: Fighting US Imperialism at home and abroad”

From Chris: “Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. hegemony has consolidated the world system into a unipolar world under its domination. While cracks are appearing in the Global South, the violence perpetrated abroad, in the Middle East, in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, is the same violence we see perpetrated by an increasingly militarized police force at home. The USA supplies Israel with billions of dollars in military aid while Israel trains US police departments in “counterterrorism.” We are at an important moment in history. With an explosion of outrage led by the black community which has now culminated in a multiracial movement to defund the police and reappropriate funding to address the socio-economic injustices experienced mainly by people of color but which extends to the broader working class, we must ask ourselves how we can help confront these brutal and barbaric systems of oppression and domination, both at home and abroad? How can we be comrades to those fighting for a more just world? What is to be done?”

 

Sunday August 16 10 a.m.

Gregory Wilson will lead a discussion he describes as follows”

“We live in a world where loneliness, anxiety, depression are part of the life of our economic culture.
One of the human’s relational dynamic when healthy is the consideration of the other in a caring act. This healthy human trait seems to be fading with out much attention. We will look at the closing down of this trait and some ways to counter and bring life back to the cultural value of considering of the other.”

While we are all looking for ways to maintain our community connections and keep our spirits up while we stay safe and do our part to slow the spread of the virus, there are many options for connecting with the UU community. Here are a few of them:

Close to home-

First Universalist Society of Hartland VT – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom or telephone

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom. Other activities also available via Zoom during the week.

North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Facebook Live.

Another easy to connect with congregation who has welcomed our members who wish to use this time to branch out a bit more-

Arlington Street Church – Worship service every Sunday at 11 via Zoom or telephone. Other activities also available during the week.

There are many more to check out in this list provided by the UUA.

For those who would like to use this time for quiet individual reflection, the UU website offers many resources to explore such as this searchable on-line library.

 

News

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USS News Aug 2020

Ongoing

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A 2017 UUSC story of hope highlighted the work of Ursula Rakova, helping her fellow islanders on the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea maintain dignity and keep their culture alive, in the face of
re-location due to climate change. Throughout its history, UUSC has advanced human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to
challenge oppressive policies. Let us continue to be inspired by this work and support efforts that create lasting and powerful change.